3 wellness, non-product items you can DIY at home
Why should kids be the ones to enjoy all the fun that comes with arts and crafts? Adults can benefit from creating too! We’ve tried it all this past year, from colouring books to painting to jewelry making, and the commonality is that crafting has given us a relaxing activity to express ourselves. Beyond art pieces, some crafts for adults can yield functional pieces and in this blog, the focus is on self-care and décor! If you’re ready to tackle your next project and up your at-home spa, keep reading. You don’t have to be an expert crafter, either. We’re providing step-by-step instructions to create a bath tray, shower stool and woven basket!
We take so many baths in the winter because it’s the perfect way to warm up and unwind after a long day. There is nothing better than a soothing bath with a glass of wine and a great book. That said, it can be uncomfortable holding your book above water and trying not to get it wet, which is why a bath tray is the perfect solution!
Here's what you'll need:
- One 1 x 10 x 4’ cedar board
- One 1 x 2 x 8’ cedar board
- 1-1/2” screws
- Wood glue
- Tape measure
- Power drill with bits
- 100- and 150-grit sandpaper
- Saw (optional)
- Stain (optional)
- Lint free cloth (optional)
- 400-grit wet-dry sandpaper (optional)
1. Measure the width of your tub: You’ll want to measure from edge to edge, keeping in mind how little or how much you’d like the wood to overhang the tub. Once you decide on how long the tray will be, you’ll need to cut your 1 x 10 x 4 piece to fit this measurement. We also recommend installing bumpers, which will go on the bottom of the tray and rest on the inside of your tub to prevent the tray from slipping, as well as a book holder to keep your book in place. Cut your 1 x 2 x 8 into two 9 1/4” pieces for the bumpers and two 13” pieces for the book holder. If you don’t have a saw, you can have these pieces cut at the hardware store where you pick up the wood, as most have a cutting department!
2. Sand the wood: Once you have all your cedar pieces, you’ll need to sand it all. You can get the job done with some sandpaper or a sanding sponge. We recommend using 100- and 150-grit sandpaper or a fine/medium sanding sponge.
3. Make the book holder: This part can be a bit tricky, only because you’ll likely want your stand to be as versatile as possible. You’ll have to adjust the stand to fit your book’s needs. For an average-sized book, position the two 13” pieces in the center of the tray with both pieces on the 1” edge. Mark the position of one parallel to the edge of the tray, then position the other 1 ¾” away. You can then secure this with screws and/or water-resistant glue.
4. Attach the bumpers: We recommend taking the tray into the bathroom and marking the position of where the bumpers should attach to the bottom of your tray rather than eyeing it. Once you have your position, secure the bumper with screws and/or water-resistant glue.
5. Apply the finish: If you want your tray to look extra beautiful and last a long time, we recommend adding a water-protective stain or finish. Teak oil is always a great option. If you have a leftover deck stain, feel free to use that or buy a stain that matches other wood finishes in your home! Whatever you choose, first run a damp cloth over the wood to remove any fine sawdust. Then apply your finish with a natural bristle brush or a lint-free cloth. Let it sit for however long is recommended on the product instructions, sand with 400-grit wet-dry sandpaper, wipe off any excess oil and allow it to dry completely. You can read the full instructions here.
We love the idea of being able to sit down and shave our legs in the shower but found it difficult to find a stool we liked at a reasonable price that also fit our space. If you’re in a similar predicament or just want a new DIY project, follow the steps below for a cute little shower stool that would make a great addition to any shower stall!
Here's what you'll need:
- Two 2 x 2 x 3’ teak boards
- Two 1 x 3 x 6’ teak boards
- 1-1/4” pocket hole screws
- Power drill with bits
1. Make your cuts. Again, you can have these pieces cut at the hardware store when you pick up the wood if you don’t have a saw:
From the 1 x 3 x 6’ pieces, cut:
- Four 1 x 3 x 10" (for seat slats)
- Two 1 x 3 x 11-1/2" (for seat sides)
- Two 1 x 3 x 11” (for front and back aprons)
- Two 1 x 3 x 7-1/2" (for side aprons)
From the 2 x 2 x 3’ pieces:
- Four 2 x 2 x 17-1/4" (for legs)
2. Seat assembly: To start, drill 2 pocket holes on each end of the four seat slats. Leaving 1/2" between each slat, secure the slats to the sides with screws.
3. Leg and apron assembly: For each of the aprons, drill 2 pocket holes on the ends (for attaching to the legs) and then a few more pocket holes along the top edge (for attaching the seat). You can mark lines on each leg 3/8” in from the edge as guidelines for aligning the aprons.
4. Line up the front apron to one of the legs and screw it together. Then attach another leg to the other side of the apron and attach it. Attach the back apron to the remaining two legs using the same process.
5. Screw the side aprons onto the front legs and finish making the base by then screwing the back legs onto the side apron.
6. Final steps: Lay the seat face down, center the base on top of it, and drill everything together using the remaining pocket holes you created. Once finished you can lightly sand everything and finish with a primer & paint, wood stain or finish! You can find the full instructions here.
material woven basket:
We love the warm, rustic vibes a woven basket gives! Pinterest and its plethora of fun winter-friendly DIY projects for the most part are all knitting related, but we knew we wouldn't be satisfied with knitting ourselves another hat that would likely end up in the back of our closet. After some research, we discovered you can actually knit yourself a crocheted-inspired woven basket! All you need is sine sisal rope, some yarn and a hair clip (yes a hair clip is surprisingly the perfect tool for basket weaving) or crochet hook. You can space out the yarn like the picture to the right to have more rope exposed for the rustic look. Or you may choose to wrap the rope completely with yarn like in the instructions provided. Feel free to make this as big or little as necessary! A large basket makes a great place for towels/blankets! See the full instructions here.